May 17, 2014 |
Sun and sand, of course, have always been the primary draw of the Jersey Shore. And certainly the lights and bright neon of the boardwalks and amusements at night will always beckon young and old. But the moonlight and natural phosphorescent glow on breaking waves have their charms, too. So those who venture out at night to experience the Shore - beyond, say, dinner and a movie, or a ride on a roller coaster - have the chance to think outside...
May 16, 2014 |
THE SEA, sand and saltwater taffy used to be the big lures to the shore. Now the major attraction is often the chance to see your favorite club or concert headliners "up-close-and-personal" in a smaller and oft-times more comfortable venue than you'll find the artists playing here in Philly. A perfect case in point, playing both towns within days? Take, please, Big Act in a Smaller Room Lady Gaga . The dance-pop monster lorded last night at the 20,000-seat Wells Fargo Center.
May 16, 2014 |
LET'S face it. When it comes to summer at the Jersey Shore, man (and woman and child) doesn't live by sand, sun and surf alone - not to mention boardwalks, casinos and bars. There must be even more to keep one's attention focused (and, in some cases, their wallets open). And so it is that in addition to more personal pursuits - from getting a suntan to hitting a big slot-machine jackpot - Shore towns offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy large-scale, public, often multiday events.
May 2, 2014 |
Each year, every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the "Coastal Crusader" takes to the skies to monitor the waters and beaches along the Atlantic Coast between New Jersey and New York. It hovers over the region, searching for debris, trash, oil slicks, and harmful algae blooms known as "floatables. " It also swoops down to collect weekly samples to check the water quality. The federal helicopter flyovers - along with flights by state aircraft - have been deemed critical in spotting potential problems before they reach the Shore.
April 27, 2014 |
Barbara Lois Spiegelman, 86, of Center City, an artist, wife, and mother, died Thursday, April 24, at Hahnemann University Hospital of kidney failure. Mrs. Spiegelman was an only child and was raised in Wynnefield. As a young girl in the early 1930s, she went to Hollywood with her parents as her father chased his dreams. Mrs. Spiegelman was an extra in the Our Gang series of comedy short films. When her parents divorced a few years later, she and her mother, Estelle Albus, returned to Philadelphia.
April 21, 2014 |
Ask anyone who lives at the Shore, or frequents it, if people are tearing down old houses and building new, and the answer is an unequivocal yes. And the current boom in teardown-rebuild activity seems to have little to do with Hurricane Sandy's 2012 swath of destruction. "In our target area, Barnegat Bay, there are a large number [of teardowns] now. . . . People are either selling to people tearing down and rebuilding, or rebuilding themselves," said John Westrum, president of Westrum Development in Fort Washington, whose company is working on a post-Sandy rebuilding project in Ortley Beach, near Seaside Heights.
April 21, 2014 |
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - There was never any question about the lift. When your trusty rancher is about to become a second-floor rancher - wrenched off its foundation and cranked up 51/2 feet like a boat resting on the shoulders of a lifeguard - measures have to be taken. "I have two artificial hips," said Helen Josephine "Jo" Capelli-Brehm, 74, of 527 Lafayette Blvd. in Brigantine's Sandy-deluged North End. "Tom has one artificial hip and one artificial knee. " "Left hip," says Tom Brehm, 71, her husband of five years.
April 7, 2014 |
In a move it said would "increase transparency" in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management opened a 30-day public comment period on an important hazard mitigation plan - a full week after it had already submitted the plan to the federal government for approval. The state emergency management office - which regulates everything from dispatch of personnel and equipment to mandatory evacuations during a disaster - on March 11 opened a 30-day public comment period, which it heralded as the first time the agency had ever sought input for the plan from "civilians.
March 19, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Luckily for the often weather-beleaguered Jersey Shore, the St. Patrick's Day snowstorm Monday didn't bring a coastal low with high winds and heavy flooding. That meant it was just snow - and the subsequent trudging through and shoveling of it - that had to be dealt with, not widespread power outages, road closures, and other damage. But three days before spring officially begins, nobody was rolling in clover after Atlantic and Cape May Counties were slammed with more than 10 inches of snow in some spots along the coast, with lesser amounts inland through Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties.
March 17, 2014 |
For those who have delayed buying a Jersey Shore vacation house for any reason - maybe an allergic reaction to Dodd-Frank mortgage reform, or post-Sandy confusion compounded by flood-insurance phobia - the experts' counsel is this: No worries. "Sandy is past news," said Marge Swanson, a mortgage consultant with Trident Mortgage in Ocean City. "The lenders are lending. It's kind of behind us. " Said Cheryl Huber, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach in Ocean City: "Most people have decided that life is too short.